Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton
Here are the proposed daily routes for the fifth leg. They have been planned around three things: 1. Avoiding big cities and highways with heavy traffic (especially trucks!), 2. About 350 miles or seven driving hours, whichever is less and 3. Stops at places of interest or where friends and acquaintances can join with me. I welcome input from anyone following the blog who has local knowledge and can suggest improvements.
DAY TWENTY SIX – May 10, Santa Cruz to Ft. Bragg, CA –While today’s drive will be beautiful it will also be concerning because I will need to get through San Francisco traffic and across the Golden Gate Bridge with its massive high speed traffic. I won’t feel secure until I turn off 101 at Mill Valley and head to the coast. This is where I welcome some local knowledge and even an escort through the maze from a hearty Golden Gate Lotus Club member. This would also be a reason for a meet up and group drive across the bridge. Once I clear the Bay Area I will stay on the coast as much as possible all the way to Ft. Bragg.
DAY TWENTY SEVEN– May 11, Ft. Bragg to Coos Bay, OR – This could be the most perfect driving segment of the trip, or it might be ruined by following a stream of RV’s all the way. If the road has little traffic it will be wonderful to cruise along beside the ocean and then duck inland only to wind back to the sea again. I am looking forward to this day and the next two as well.
DAY TWENTY EIGHT – May 12, Coos Bay to Astoria, OR – The Oregon coast is more rugged and rocky than that further south and the towns are more resort like as one goes north. I have loved this area since we first came here over 30 years ago and each time I return it remains so much the same that the feeling it evokes does as well. One big stop today is at the Tillamook cheese factory to replace the hydraulic cheese that will be gone.
DAY TWENTY NINE – May 13, Astoria to Cape Loop Road to Port Angeles, WA – Heading to Cape Flattery will be the most remote I will have been since western Nevada so I will make sure I have my gas can full. There are some towns along the way but they are few and in between is forest and more forest. I have been told that at the end of the road there is a trail where I can walk out to a tip of land with the Pacific on three sides and the Cape Flattery Lighthouse straight ahead on Tatoosh Island a half mile out in the ocean. I think I shall do that!
Hi, I’m Ross and I’m a tripoholic. I love driving especially in my old cars and then writing about the adventure that always follows. I’m old enough to know better but that doesn’t stop me. If you like stories of the road, every word true no matter how far fetched it may seem, then grab a beer or a cup of coffee and join me!
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